La Paloma Theatre, Encinitas, CA in North San Diego. The theatre opened on February 11, 1928 with the film “The Cohen’s and Kelly’s in Paris.” The event was attended by soon to be Academy Award winner Mary Pickford who rode her bike to the opening.
La Paloma (The Dove) was one of the first theatres to show “Talkies.” Talking pictures premiered in 1927 with the Warner Bros. film “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. Making the transition from silent pictures to “talkies” didn’t happen over night, so La Paloma was also equipped with a beautiful pipe organ, a standard piece of theatre equipment during the Silent era. Films in the early days of motion pictures were usually preceded by a vaudeville stage act, and La Paloma was well suited for that.
Over the years many performers have graced the stage of La Paloma. Musical artists as diverse as Loreena McKennitt, Nickel Creek, Ralph Stanley, Jerry Garcia and Eddie Vedder.
La Paloma Theatre continues to show films regularly and is a big part of Encinitas hosting many community and City functions throughout the year.